ETYM Late Lat. degradatio, from degradare: cf. French dégradation. Related to Degrade.
The deterioration in quality, level, or standard of performance of a functional unit. 2. In communications, a condition in which one or more of the required performance parameters fall outside predetermined limits, resulting in a lower quality of service.
Changing to a lower state (a less respected state); SYN. debasement.
ETYM Latin prostitutio: cf. French prostitution.
Offering sexual intercourse for pay; SYN. harlotry, whoredom.
Receipt of money for sexual acts. Society's attitude toward prostitution varies according to place and period. In some countries, tolerance is combined with licensing of brothels and health checks of the prostitutes (both male and female).
In the us, laws vary from state to state, with Nevada having legalized prostitution. Where it remains illegal, it is often associated with drug abuse, street crime, and exploitation of children, and many communities expend large resources in an effort to control it.